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Summer School 2013

11th Summer School in Urban Anthropology

NEW CULTURAL PRACTICES AND THE BALKAN CITY”

01 – 13 Sept 2013, Varna, Bulgaria

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about the summer school

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The 11th Summer School in Urban Anthropology is organized by the Department of Cultural Studies (MA in Cultural Anthropology) at Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski in partnership with Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Lyon, France; Universite Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne, France; Cardiff University, Wales; Istanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi, Turkey; Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany.

The idea of the summer school is to link the topics of the lectures to observation and fieldwork. Thus students are supposed to listen to 4 h of lectures in the mornings and to conduct field research during the afternoons. For the field research they are expected to choose topics and form teams under the supervision of the faculty staff. Bulgarian students will help for the translation during interviews. Professors and students will discuss their findings and exchange information and ideas at regular meetings. 

Please see the link with the suggested fieldwork topics.

Students are free to choose more than one topic. Some of the topics might change in the process of working. Students will work in teams supervised by the faculty members.

 

For the successful completion of the school students are expected to:

- deliver a visual archive (pictures, video materials), fieldwork diaries and interviews;

- in the last day of the school every group shall present the results of their research by making a poster or by presenting a short movie, made during the time of the project;

Some of the projects could be developed into research papers and published in the next issue of the online journal Seminar_BG.

The successful completion of the summer school corresponds to 10 ECTS. (For the students from the MA programmes of Cultural Anthropology and Urban Studies in Sofia University these credits are included within their academic programmes).

All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

All lectures, presentations and discussions will be delivered in English.

 

 

fieldwork topics

 

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"beach revolution" - a photograph from the protest in Sofia, 30 Jul 2013, Source: Offnews.

 

SUGGESTED FIELD-WORK TOPICS:

 

1. IDENTITY

- How is cultural heritage employed in Varna: a) in the tourist industry (routes, sites, events, museums, souvenirs); b) in alternative ways of 'placemaking' (appropriations and re-significations of the urban space: local pubs, places for hanging out, graffiti, etc.). Who are the agents in both cases? How important is heritage for them? Which heritage is preferred? Which is neglected? – Assoc. prof. DANIELA KOLEVA

- National souvenirs - MILLA MINEVA

- Balkan cuisine – Dr. VELISLAVA PETOVA

 

2. URBAN CHANGE

- Remembering and forgetting Varna: researching memory and change. This fieldwork project will assist students in uncovering memory-making practices in Varna, as well as thinking about what is forgotten. Students will be introduced to a range of methods for accessing people's memories, including visual images old and new, memory-interviews and walking tours – Dr. BELLA DICKS

 

3. POWER AND RESISTANCE: URBAN SCENERY AS THE LEGITIMATING POWER AND AS STAGING RESISTANCE.  

- Power relations inscribed into space – Prof. IVAYLO DITCHEV

- The social movements in the Balkan cities today – Assoc. Prof. ASU AKSOY and Dr. VALENTINA GEORGIEVA

 

4. URBAN IMAGINATION AND URBAN LANDSCAPE : ANTHROPOLOGICAL APPROACHES.

- Dr. SANDRA FIORI, Dr. CORINE VEDRINE and Dr. CÉCILE REGNAULT , Prof. MICHEL RAUTENBERG

This workshop is organised by urban anthropologists, an urbanist and an architect. We will work on the urban analysis with interviews and ethnography. We will focus on observation of the urban aesthetics, landscape identities (which are transformed in a post-communist context) and ambiances through images and sounds.

The methods: urban walk, use of photography and sound ambiance, use of field notebook and cross-section. 

 

 

programme

11th Summer School in Urban Anthropology “NEW CULTURAL PRACTICES AND THE BALKAN CITY”

01 – 13 Sept 2013, Varna, Bulgaria

 

PROGRAMME

 

01.09.2013 (Sunday)

Arrivals

 

02.09.2013 (Monday)

09:00 – 09:30             Welcoming address, practical issues

09:30 – 11:00             Varna: the face of the place (and the choice of the face), Assoc. Prof. Daniela Koleva, Sofia University, Dpt of cultural studies

11:00 – 11:30             Discussion

11:30 – 12:00             Pause

12:00 – 13:30             Presentation of the suggested topics for fieldwork, formation of research groups, assignment of tasks

15:00 – 19:00             Group sessions on the fieldwork assignments under the supervision of the respective lecturers

19:00                          Welcoming party

 

03.09.2013 (Tuesday)

09:00 - 10.30              Seeing the city change: reflections on visual sociology, Prof. Michel Rautenberg, UFR of humanities and social sciences, University Jean Monnet, Saint Etienne, France

10:30 – 11:00             Discussion

11:00 – 11:30             Pause

11:30 – 13:00             Meeting with representatives of media & NGO sector from Varna (to be confirmed)

15:00 – 18:00             Guided tour of Varna

 

04.09.2013 (Wednesday)

09:00 – 10:30             Nationalism and the urban imaginary, Milla Mineva, Dpt of sociology, Sofia university

10:30 – 11:00             Discussion

11:00 – 11:30             Pause

11:30 – 13:00             Perspectives on contemporary forms of cityness, Dr Sandra Fiori, National High School of Architecture of Lyon

13:00 – 13:30             Discussion

14:30 – 19:00             Field work in groups

 

05.09.2013 (Thursday)

09:00 – 10:30             Aesthetics of power - aesthetics of resistance: the city as media, Prof. Ivaylo Ditchev, Dpt of cultural studies, Sofia University

10:30 – 11:00             Discussion

11:00 – 11:30             Pause

11:30 – 13:00             Social movements and changes in urban space: public goods, social centres, alternatives, Dr Valentina Georgieva, Dpt of cultural studies, Sofia university

13:00 – 13:30             Discussion

14:30 – 19:00             Field work in groups

 

06.09.2013 (Friday)

09:00 – 10:30              Space and capitalism: from disciplinary spaces to enjoyment spaces, Dr Corine Védrine, National High School of Architecture of Lyon 

10:30 – 11:00             Discussion

11:00 – 11:30             Pause

11:30 – 13:00             Unrest in the city: general discussion

14:30 – 19:00             Field work in groups

 

07.09.2013 (Saturday)

Research trip to the Romanian coast (optional and to be confirmed)

 

08.09.2013 (Sunday)

09:00 – 13:00              Cultural dimensions of Istanbul's urban transformation - the treatment of cultural heritage by the present government (Sulukule, Ayvansaray, Sultanahmet, Yedikule Bostans) and of public spaces (Gezi Park, Salı Pazarı, Fenerbahçe; of cultural venues such as the AKM, Emek Cinema), Ass. prof. Asu Aksoy Bilgi University, Istanbul & Prof. Kevin Robins, Goldsmith's University of London

14:30 – 16:00             Urban memories: general discussion

16:00 – 19:00             Field work in groups

 

09.09.2013 (Monday)

09:00 – 10:00             The Cultural Front. The Institutional Grounds for Cultural Politics during the Socialist Regime in Bulgaria, Prof. Ivan Elenkov, Sofia University, Dpt of cultural studies

10:00 – 10:30             Discussion

10:30 – 11:00             Pause

11:00 – 12:30             How do we think South-Eastern Europe?, Dr Dimitar Bechev, Director of the European Council of Foreign Relations, Sofia

12:30 – 13:00             Discussion

13:00 – 14:30             Lunch break

14:30 – 16:00             Balkan cuisine, Dr Velislava Petrova, Dpt. of cultural studies, Sofia University

16:00 – 16:30             Discussion

16:30 – 19:00             Field work in groups

 

10.09.2013 (Tuesday)

09:00 – 10:30             Memory, place and change. How do inhabitants make sense of changes in their locality through their own practices of memory-making? What do they forget? To what extent can we talk of a collective memory (and collective forgetting) of place? What is the relationship between place, generation and memories? How is habitus connected to place and change?, Dr Bella Dicks, School of social sciences, Cardiff University

10:30 – 11:00             Discussion

11:00 – 11:30             Pause

11.30 - 13.00              Soundwalking. A sensitive and citizen approach of urban ambiance, Dr Cécile Regnault, National High School of Architecture of Lyon

13:00 – 13:30             Discussion

14:30 – 19:00             Field work in groups

 

11.09.2013 (Wednesday)

09:00 – 12:00             Methodological workshop

12:00 – 12:30             Evaltuation & feedback

14:00 – 17:00             Preparation of final presentations, work in groups

 

12.09.2013 (Thursday)

09:00 – 17:30              Presentation of field research by the students with pauses and discussions.

 

13.09.2013 (Friday)

Departures

 

* Please consider that the programme may undergo some minor changes.

 

 

useful links

Грамада

On Feb 20th 2013 Plamen Goranov set himself on fire as a protest against the organized crime group TIM and the TIM-controlled Varna mayor

 

Some of the links listed below may be useful and provide more information during your stay in Varna.

 

Organization & transportation

About Varna

Plamen Goranov who set himself on fire

Old Varna postcards

Socialist Varna - pictures from an album in the page "Memories from the People's Republic of Bulgaria". 

 

 

location

The conference venue and accommodation of participants is confirmed at:

Interhotel Cherno more (4*)

Bulgaria, Varna, 9000, 33 Slivnitsa blvd.,

tel: + 359 52 61 22 35, + 359 52 61 22 43,

w: http://www.chernomorebg.com/

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See map here.

The hotel is located in the city centre.

 

If you arrive from the airport, you can either take bus No 409 to the city centre or take a taxi

Bus #409 - The airport bus stop to Varna and nearby resorts is located just outside Terminal 1. The bus ticket price varies between 1.00 BGN and 3.00 BGN depending on the distance to your destination. Get off on Sevastopol bus stop or the City Hall Bus Stop, go on to Slivnitsa blvd and you will reach the hotel in 300m.

The Taxi piazza is located in front of Terminal 1, “Departures”. A taxi ride from Varna Airport to the city takes about 15 minutes, depending on the traffic intensity and may cost anything between 7.00 BGN and 15.00 BGN, depending on the taxi company delivering the service. Varna Airport has an agreement for taxi services with "OK Taxi' - Varna. For booking a taxi, please contact the supervisor of "OK Taxi" at Terminal 1 Varna Airport.

Please check the website of the airport for more detailed information.

If you arrive from the central train station, you can either walk to the city centre for about 1,3 km or take buses # 31, 31A and get off at the City Hall bus stop. From there you will be on a walking distance to the hotel.

If you arrive from the central bus station, you can either take bus # 409 (see information above) or a taxi to the hotel (approx. 4km).

 

IF YOU LAND IN SOFIA:

You will need to take either a bus or a train to Varna. 

You can check the train schedule here. Unfortunately I think you can not buy tickets online and in advance but usually there are enough places in the trains. 

Here you can check the bus schedule (it’s upon the Cyrillic alphabet, so funnily you will find “V” (Varna) after “B”). You can not buy also a ticket online and in advance but there are around 20 buses to the destination Varna every day. If you know the exact time when you will take the bus, I may try to make a reservation upon your name. If you want me to, please let me know. What is specific is that you have to buy your ticket from the company which is responsible for the service. There are 4 companies in the schedule and you will have to buy your ticket from the particular kiosk of each of them at the station. Or ask at the information right after you enter the station.

The central train station and central bus station are next to each other. You can arrive there by taxi or public transporation. Sofia Airport has got a contract with a taxi company, please contact the office of OK Supertrans Taxi at the airport. The price shall be around 15 BGN. If you prefer to use public transportation, then please take bus No 84 (going through both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2), get off at Eagle's Bridge (Orlov Most)/Sofia University. Then change with the underground and take the train towards direction Serdika (city centre). It is only 1 stop. At Serdika change with Line 2 (the blue one in the attached file), direction Obelya. You have to get off at the stop called Central Railway Staion (which is 2 stops after Serdika). The price for the ticket is 1 BGN per vehicle. You can buy your ticket from a kiosk at the bus stop or from the driver. After buying it, you need to perforate it in the small yellow machines in the bus. If the ticket is not perforated, it is not valid and the fine is 20 BGN. In the underground you shall not buy a new ticket when changing lines. 

 

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Have a safe trip and we are waiting for you in Varna!

 

 

lecturers

We are pleased to announce the lecturers in the 2013 edition of the summer school:

 

(alphabetically upon first name)

Assoc. Prof. Asu Aksoy, İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi, Turkey

Dr. Bella Dicks, Cardiff University, U.K.

Dr. Cécile Regnault, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Lyon, France

Dr. Corine Védrine, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Lyon, France

Assoc. Prof. Daniela Koleva, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria

Prof. Ivan Elenkov, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria

Prof. Ivaylo Ditchev, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria

Prof. Kevin Robins, Goldsmiths University of London, U.K.

Prof. Michel Rautenberg, Jean Monnet Université, Saint Etienne, France

Milla Mineva, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria

Dr. Sandra Fiori, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Lyon, France

Dr. Valentina Gueorguieva, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria

Dr. Velislava Petrova, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria

 

Guest:

Dr. Dimitar Bechev, Director of the National Office of the European Council of Foreign Relations, Sofia, Bulgaria

 

 

contacts

The school is organized by:

Department of Cultural Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski

 

Director of the project: Prof. Ivaylo Ditchev

Coordinators: Dr. Velislava Petrova, Slavka Karakusheva

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funding & support

The 11th Summer School in Urban Anthropology "New Cultural Practices and the Balkan city", Varna 2013 is funded by:

 

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Co-funding is provided by:

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Faculty of Philosophy, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski

MA Programme in Cultural Anthropology, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski

 

* The European Commision, the National Agency and Sofia University are not responsible for the content of any publication on this blog nor for any use that may be made of the information contained therin.

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